Catholic College students introduced to robotics

A CAREER in engineering looks a lot brighter for Catholic College Bendigo students who took part in a workshop last week. 

About 65 female students in years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a series of robotic workshops hosted by Robogals. 

The student-run organisation aims to introduce young women to engineering and technology through a hands-

on learning experience. 

CCB La Valla senior leader Jane Taylor said it was the second year Robogals had visited the school and that students had enjoyed themselves. 

She said the workshops opened the students’ minds to the possibility of a career in engineering or technology.

“(A career in engineering or technology) may not be that attractive to a young person or a girl,” she said.

“But when the students get to see how engineering and technology works in the real world (it changes their perspective).” 

The organisation was founded by University of Melbourne engineering student Marita Cheng about five years ago.

Robogals Melbourne regional schools manager Shirley Tian said there was a lack of women studying engineering at a tertiary level. 

She said the organisation aimed to increase the number, in particular within the fields of electronic and mechanical engineering.

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